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Serra di Celano

 
Serra di Celano

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: L’Aquila, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 42.10219°N / 13.55264°E

Object Title: Serra di Celano

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Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 6302 ft / 1921 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub

Created/Edited: Oct 25, 2015 / Oct 25, 2015

Object ID: 957387

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Overview

Serra di Celano
Serra di Celano seen from the north

Serra di Celano is part of the huge massif of Monte Sirente and as such the southernmost outpost of the range. It towers 100m above the town of Celano, which itself is located in the north of the circular plain of Piana del Fucine in the Abruzzo mountain range of northern Italy. Even though it is less than 2000m high, Serra di Celano towers more than 1000m above the town at its base. On three sides there are sheer drops while on the fourth Serra di Celano is connected with the Ovindoli plateau, from where it can be accessed most easily.
 
Serra di Celano main summit
 
 
Serra di Celano (aka Monte Tino)
 
 
Cerra di Celano
 

The mountain is composed of limestone rock, which forms a narrow, east-to west running ridge. While the main summit is more or less located in the middle of this ridge, an interesting steep and exposed traverse leads to the lower east summit. Here the ridge suddenly ends and you find yourself on a pulpit with sheer drops on three sides. Here you will get the best views towards Celano and its medieval castle and Piana di Fucine beyond.
 
Serra di Celano main summit
 
 
Serra di Celano west ridge Panorama
 
 
Serra di Celano main summit
 

While the normal route from Ovindoli is little more than a stroll up to the slightly exposed ridge the second route, which heads through the imposing south face from Celano is a different matter. It gains 1000m of elevation on steep and sometimes exposed paths, which finally head out directly onto the main summit from the south.
 
Descending in Valle dei Curti
 
 
Serra di Celano
 
 
Serra di Celano eastern ridge
 

Serra di Celano is separated from the remainder of the Sirente Massif by a profound gorge, Gole di Celano, a narrow but deep cut into the karst plateaus of the mountain. It is a worthy destination in its own right, with the path starting in Celano istself, not far away from the trailhead for the south face route. In principle you can do a loop from Celano through the south face to the summit, descend towards Ovindoli and head back to Celano through the gorge. However, it will be a 10h hike with long distances and lots of elevation gain.
 
Looking across Serra di Celano to Monte Velino
 
 
Serra di Celano eastern summit
 
 
Monte Sirente
 

From above, you can have excellent views into Gole di Celano from Serra dei Curti, Serra di Celano's direct neighbour to the east. Here the ridge is composed of several summits, easy to reach from the west but with sheer drops into the gorge in the east. Some of the summits require a bit of bushwhacking to reach and the lowest ones are covered in drarf beeches. Still this traverse is also rewarding even though it requires a bit of freestyling to return to the trailhead at Ovindoli.

360° Summit Panorama

360° Summit Panorama from Serra di Celano

Getting There

Celano and Piana di Fucine
Celano and Piana di Fucine

Serra di Celano is located directly north of the town of Celano, which itself is located to the north of the Fucine Plain. It can be reached from Rome or Pescara (the closest airports) via motorways A24 and A25. There are two trailheads, one in the town itself, one near Ovindoli, a village on the plateau north of Serra di Celano.
  • From Rome:
    • Take motorway E80 / A24 from Rome to Torano.
    • Switch to motorway A25, direction Pescara.
    • At the exit Celano switch to SS5 west for a few hundreed metres, than turn onto SS696 north north. The road leads through Celano to Ovindoli and thus serves both trailheads.

  • From Pescara
    • Take motorway E80 / A25 westward in direction Rome.
    • At the exit Celano switch to SS5 west for a few hundreed metres, than turn onto SS696 north north. The road leads through Celano to Ovindoli and thus serves both trailheads.

Routes

Serra di Celano: climbing the north gully
Serra di Celano: climbing the north gully

There are two popular routes to Serra di Celano.
  • The northern route starts near Ovindoli (in the south of the village) and follows a set of several dirt roads which lead to the mountain. The easist option stays close to the ridgeline and heads for a saddle right to the east of the summit ridge. From here scramble up several vertical metres until you reach the path on the narrow ridge, which heads for the main summit. As an encore you can descend the exposed west ridge to the western summit, which hovers directly above Celano. A very animated ridge traverse!
  • Right in the centre of the city, close to the medevial castle a road turns off east, which heads into the south face of the mountain. After some 500m another path turns off north heading up the incredibly steep south face of Serra di Celano. It scales 1000m and meets the main summit directly from the south.

Red Tape

 
Orchis Tridentata
 
 
Dactylorhiza sambucina
 
 
The castle of Celano
 

In 1989, the Velino-Sirente Range was declared Parco Naturale Regionale Velino Sirente. Its Area is 50.288 ha and it is known to host Italian wolves and brown bears.

Basically the usual restrictions apply: there are neither fees or permits required but you need to stay on the marked trails. camping is forbidden altogether.

Weather Conditions

Serra di Celano Panorama
Serra di Celano main summit



Accommodation

Serra di Celano Western Summit Panorama

You can find a number of hotels in Celano on booking.com or tripadvisor.com. Additionally there is a list of hotels, appartments, holiday homes on the site of the Velino-Sirente Natural park:

Accommodation Velino-Sirente

Maps & Books

Maps


  • Digital Maps
  • Regular Maps
    • Parco Naturale Regionale Sirente Velino
      S.EL.CA
      1:25.000
    • Velino Sirente
      Il Lupo
      1:25.000
      ISBN: 978-8888450407


Books


  • Sirente Velino. Passeggiate ed escursioni sulle vette più belle del Sirente Velino
    Emanuele Lucchetti, Bruno di Baggio, Fabio Beolchi
    Technopress
    ISBN: 978-8897997184
  • Escursioni. Appennino centrale. Laga, Gran Sasso, Velino e Sirente
    Alessandro Petretti, Francesco Petretti, Gaetano Petretti
    Cierre Edizioni
    ISBN: 978-8886654791
  • Trekking in Abruzzo. 60 sentieri
    Emanuele Lucchetti, Bruno di Baggio, Fabio Beolchi
    Technopress
    ISBN: 978-8897997078
  • A piedi sul Sirente-Velino
    Stefano Ardito
    Iter Edizioni
    ISBN: 978-8881770182
  • Abruzzen
    Heinrich Bauregger
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN 978-3-7633-0413-2

Images

Serra di Celano (aka Monte Tino)Serra di Celano eastern ridgeSerra di Celano west ridge PanoramaSerra di Celano eastern summitGood SnowRising Valle dei CurtiOrchis Tridentata
Descending in Valle dei CurtiSerra di Celano: climbing the north gullySerra di Celano main summitSerra di Celano PanoramaDactylorhiza sambucinaMonte SirenteSerra di Celano
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